If you recall, it was only last month where I highlighted a young, up and coming band and their newest EP with the highest of praise. If you don’t, well here’s a little reminder.
This San Luis Obispo, CA band is made up of Travis Hawley (Vocals), Matt DePauw (Guitar), Nick Fotinakes (Guitar), Mikel Van Kranenberg (Bass), and Rico Rodriguez (Drums). Last month they released their newest EP ”Young Lore” which I got to talk to Hawley about in an interview here.
Since their release of “Young Lore” they finally made it down to San Diego and I couldn’t be anymore excited. I’m a big fan of the idea that a band is only as good as their live show, and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed. Taking the stage that night, along with Oliver Trolley and The Social Club, the band felt right at home in front of an audience. They were able to put on an energetic and fun show, which can be difficult due to the small stage and venue. Travis’s vocals and the rest of the bands’ musicianship and harmonies were spot on, just as strong as you can expect to hear on the albums. The set was roughly 8 songs long, 3 of which I recognized from “Young Lore,” which allowed something for newest fans as well as their long time supporters.
I definitely can’t wait to see these guys on a better stage. Their sound was great at a little bar, it would be phenomenal to hear at a venue whose acoustics cater to quality sound. They have an energy that would work well on a larger stage.
Night Riots has been busy this past year, raising money, recording and releasing their EP, on top of touring and even performing at MTV’s O Music Awards. Even during all of this, they remain genuine guys, thankful for the opportunity and appreciative of all the people who support them. So what’s next for the band? They’ll be heading to Anaheim to shoot yet another music video this week before returning home to do a bit more studio work. Hawley commented that they’re going to be back on the road and are hoping to get a few all ages shows.